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Roebling Tea Room
Posted by Bambi A on 03/14/2013
The title of my review is based on the name of a Huey Lewis hit song, God love him. And I say this because: Bambi wore her stilettos, skinny pants, poncho, and smoky glass spectacles, perhaps with a spritz of "Glow", and when she walked in, dressed like a lady, she saw a sea of hipsters. Now, baby, don't get me wrong, I loved the room, and the food was delicious - beets and eggs? Sure! So, so tasty, if perhaps an inducement for Beano. But I loved it along with my tea - after all this is a tea room, but I decided ICED tea with a spike - like my heels! :-) Bambi may not have a smock dress, or a wallet chain,but she did have skinny jeans, and one hell of a good meal. I'll keep my place in Manhattan, but I will be back.
Posted by anonymous on 10/02/2012
The lunch menu is Soviet: eggs or burgers. My cheeseburger came drenched in a salty mayonaise sauce perhaps intended to enhance the salty flavor of the meat. Burger and fries is not a tall order for an experienced kitchen--no need for the 45 min. wait, particularly since I went on a Monday in the late afternoon and there weren't many people. The server was friendly at first, but as it became obvious that the kitchen was going to mess up her tip she became gradually hostile. The relaxed ambiance and gorgeous dining room are the only reasons to go, but it's New York. There are plenty of other restaurants with great vibes, and which are not charging $18 for a sub-par burger and fries. What happened to the food here? It used to be fantastic!
Posted by anonymous on 06/07/2011
Weird "esoteric" menu, reputation based on hype, bizarre build out - they waitress was ok, but I could tell her coworkers took a trip to "yawn, I'm too cool land". I can understand slamming this place. Brunch here sucks.
Posted by Hungru Brooklyn Mike on 01/24/2011
Whenever I see a much of reviews saying the service was bad I kind of always assume the review was being overly harsh, a lot of people demand incredibly high standards for service and I’m pretty easy going and like to focus on the food. Well, in this case all the reviews are spot on. The service here is really bad. From the second we walked in to the moment we left it was truly bad. I always like to make excuses, they had an off night, or they were slammed, or whatever, but there is no excuse. Part of the table never received either the appetizer or main course, one main had to be sent back for being raw (sever grabbed the plate and walked away without a word), one had to be sent back because it included mushrooms which the guest politely asked not to be included (different server grabbed the dish and walked away without a word), as if it was too difficult to explain anything. Waited 20 minutes to make a drink order, waited forever between apps and mains, the list goes on and I don’t want to continue complaining, it is a shame because the food that was served was fairly good, but I can never go back to this place. Too bad, nice space, pretty good food, but will never return.
Posted by biggest fan on 11/16/2010
I would come here everyday if I could. Everything is local and organic and delicious and the servers are very cute and nice.
Posted by chichi on 07/27/2010
The only people that think the service is good here are the friends who hang out at the bar all day & consume the wait staff with conversation instead of letting them concentrate on their tables - definitely some basic etiquette on training in customer service is needed. The food is decent if you can overlook the poor service.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/07/2010
I have gone here multiple times, living a block away. The food tries to be innovative, but usually comes up about average. The space is amazing, high ceilings and a great retro feel. The service is slow and often forgetful. It seems often understaffed, but unlike other reviewers I have not experienced rude servers. Bottom line, worth trying out, but don't bring high hopes.